Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Sunshine Granny...

Persuing my goal to challenge myself more in 2015, I crocheted a square that was a bit more than a granny square.  It has a different centre which I found quite challenging.  I still have a lot to learn about crochet and I tend to do this a bit like a rabbit caught in the headlights.  I just sit and fixate on my work until it is done.  Then I can start breathing again!

I rarely give up on something and I definitely couldn't give up on this as it was already promised to SIBOL (Sunshine International Blankets of Love) for the 1000th sunshine blanket.  Various SIBOL regulars have contributed one square each and Sue, SIBOL's founder, will sew them together to make a very special blanket. These blankets go to residents of care homes in the UK.  

SIBOL usually collects completed blankets and shawls.  Individual squares are no longer collected.  But Tinka, the author of the pattern, is happy to receive squares which she then makes into blankets for people being treated for cancer.  There is more information about her work here on Ravelry.  You will need to log in to Ravelry to see the complete information.  

The pattern is here on Ravelry.  It is no longer a free pattern, though I was lucky enough to be sent it free just after it was published.


  1. Wow I love your granny square you crocheted! So bright and cheery! Have a Happy Valentine's Day and weekend.

  2. That's exactly how I taught myself to crochet, plus my line to my grandma--"What's a double treble?"

  3. Love this square Una. Those dresses in your last post are so cute.

  4. It looks great, Una. So cheerful!
    Enjoy the weekend...

  5. It is a great square for a great cause! xx

  6. It's a very pretty square, I love the colours you have chosen too. Have a great valentines weekend. :) x

  7. Love the square and the dresses from the previous post.
    In the post before that you said you did feather and fan for the scarf with 36 stitches. Did you have a knit border before the feather & fan, how many stitches did you have for the border and for each feather/fan bit? I would love to know as we were short of scarves at our shoe box checking /topping up last November so I thought I would knit some, not my usual choice of knit as I find scarves a bit tedious - but feather & fan would be good I think. I'm hoping you'll share your pattern, thanks, Vee x

    1. Hello, thanks for all these comments. For the scarf I didn't knit any borders and that was fine as the scarf didn't curl. I found the pattern in an old book. It was in multiples of 18 stitches. Here is the pattern:

      Row 1: knit all stitches
      Row 2: purl all stitches
      Row 3: *Knit 2 together 3 times, yarn over and knit 1 6 times, knit 2 together 3 times* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row
      Row 4: Knit all stitches

      Repeat rows 1-4 for desired length of scarf.

      I hope that helps.

    2. Just to add that I cast on 36 stitches for the scarf. This made a fairly narrow scarf, though it would be fine for children. I felt another 18 stitches would have been too wide.

  8. Many thanks for giving the scarf pattern, a narrow scarf is fine for a small child, so I shall be casting on soon. Thanks again, Vee x

  9. Nice pattern. What a good cause also! Those blankets are comforting to those who need them.

  10. Such a pretty square. And an excellent cause too.
    Marianne x

  11. Stunning! Such a pretty square. The blanket made from these squares will be quite something!


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